If you’re looking for crowd-free trails with few other riders around, then head to Croatia.
Hardy adventurers should hire a big spacious car, throw their bikes in the back and head for Paklenika National Park, just 30 miles from Zadar airport. You’ll need some pretty advanced tech skills to handle the looping network of singletracks around the area.
There aren’t any guides or bike shops here, so prepare to be very self-sufficient! Take Adventure is written by a local rider, offering tips for his favourite trails.